Lizzo Talks ‘Racist Origin’ Of Pop Music And What It’s Like Being A Black Pop Star

Lizzo opened up in regards to the stigma she’s confronted as a Black pop music artist and the way the style has a “racist origin” in an interview with Leisure Weekly printed on Friday.

The “Special” singer talked about how Black artists have been reduce off from pop music, and the historical past of race music or “race records” — music made by Black artists and marketed to Black folks within the early twentieth century.

“Race music was their way of segregating Black artists from being mainstream, because they didn’t want their kids listening to music created by Black and brown people because they said it was demonic and yada, yada, yada,” she informed the publication.

Lizzo later mentioned she thinks it’s the “coolest thing” that rap and hip-hop are actually thought of mainstream and pop. She added that her fashion of music is considerably harking back to “pop diva records” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey within the late ’80s and early ’90s, however with “a little bit of rap.”

“I think that people just have to get used to me,” she mentioned. “I think anything that’s new, people are going to criticize and feel like it’s not for them.”

She later added, “So for people who don’t like pop music or don’t like Black artists that make pop music, they may eventually like me.”

Lizzo acting on November 18, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Timothy Norris by way of Getty Photographs

Lizzo has talked earlier than about a few of the criticism she has confronted as a Black pop artist.

She informed Self-importance Honest final month that she was most bothered by criticism that she makes music for white audiences.

“I am not making music for white people. I am a Black woman, I am making music from my Black experience, for me to heal myself [from] the experience we call life,” she mentioned. “If I can help other people, hell yeah. Because we are the most marginalized and neglected people in this country. We need self-love and self-love anthems more than anybody.”

The singer’s new documentary, “Love, Lizzo” was launched on HBO Max on Nov. 24.